Serengeti Balloon Safaris is delighted to announce that they will be flying in Ruaha National Park from 15th June 2018.
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s biggest National Park, covering some 20,000 sq km and lies in the southern part of this beautiful, premium safari destination country. Ruaha is a far cry from the busy tourist circuits of northern Tanzania, it boasts a baobab-studded landscape and excellent game viewing by vehicle or on foot and soon by hot-air balloon.
This is a new and exciting departure for Serengeti Balloon Safaris and their customers. They recently conducted test-flights in Ruaha and they were an unmitigated success; very different flying conditions to Serengeti, fantastic game and gorgeous scenery. They can’t wait to get started!
Rates will be the same as those of Serengeti Balloon Safaris.
Minimum passenger numbers apply.
TWC have completed their renovations of Maramboi Tented camp. All of the areas of the main house are fully operational. Among the new features are: a new and extended deck, improved walkways, a new indoor restaurant with air conditioning, a gift shop, wifi installed in all of the rooms and internal communications.
Starting 01st January 2018, all nationalities will get the 30 days Rwandan tourist visa on arrival, without prior applications.
We would like to inform you that with effect from 1st February 2018 the owners of the airstrip are introducing a fee for every passenger arriving to and/or departing from the Dolly Airfield. The fee is earmarked for the upkeep and maintenance of the airfield. They will be monitoring the effect and may lower the fee as and when possible.
The introduced rate is USD 22 per person arriving and/or departing.
As a consequence of the above new fee, our taxes for all the flights to/from the Dolly Airfield need to be increased accordingly. Please note this change comes into affect from 1st February 2018. The Dolly airfield is comfortably located between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport and it operates to grant the best experience for whose would like to enjoy the peaceful environment of the Kili Golf and its breathtaking sights of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
The Kili Golf estate offers several accommodation possibilities and it is served on a daily basis by Coastal Airways flights as follows:
CQ201, CQ202, CQ262 (to / from Manyara / Serengeti)
CQ135 (to / from Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam)
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area have announced that they will follow the lead of Tanzania National Parks and increase the bed levy / concession fees paid by lodges located in the Conservation Area. The increase will take effect from 01 December 2017. Similar to Serengeti National Park, the new fee will be $59.00 USD per adult per night inclusive of VAT. This amount will be offset by the amounts already being paid by the lodges. The difference will need to be paid.
For existing bookings, you will receive notification of the amount of increase from your consultant. For any quotations received, the amount will need to be added. We will take these new fees into account for all future requests.
For the official notice, please click [HERE]
The Tanzanian Government has changed laws concerning the acceptance of foreign currency in local shops. With immediate effect, payments to kiosks, grocery stores and even gift shops will have to be made in Tanzania Shillings
Hotels, tour operators and some other tourist related industries such as airlines will be exempt from the regulations so long as payments are being made by a foreigner.
Plastic carrier bags will not be allowed in Kenya
In a move praised by conservation groups and health organisations, Kenya has taken the lead in banning the use of plastic carrier bags and certain other plastic bags. Included in the ban are the following items that travellers might carry:
- Duty free carrier bags
- Bags used when departing USA for liquids and gels in carry-on luggage
- General shopping bags
- Bin liners (sometimes used to protect luggage during rain)
- Dry cleaning bags (commonly wrapped around clothing)
Travellers arriving into Kenya via airports, sea ports or land borders will be required to leave any bags deemed to be on the banned list at the point of entry. Travellers will not be fined so long as they surrender any prohibited bags.
The following options are suitable replacements:
- Paper bags
- Durable "bag for life" bags
- Bags made from cloth, woven grass or sisal
For more information, you may download a summary document by clicking HERE.
For the Kenya government's policy paper on this topic, please click HERE.